Man-Sze Li


Man-Sze Li is Director of IC Focus Ltd, UK, a holding company of her e-commerce and e-business interests and activities.

Previous positions include Chief Technical Officer of CommerceWorks Group, Managing Director e-Commerce of Portfin Group, Senior Consultant of Level-7 (now part of PeopleSoft) and of Ovum, Assistant Director EDI Standards at the Simpler Trade Procedures Board (SITPRO) of the UK Department of Trade & Industry, and Group Head of CIT Research.She received accountancy training at KPMG. In addition to being a practitioner, she has donated time and money to Internet start-ups in a variety of capacities.

She was a founding technical expert of the international EDI standard UN/EDIFACT in the 1980s. She was also a founding technical expert of Open Information Interchange, an initiative of the European Commission, in the 1990s. From 1992 to 2004 she founded and was the elected chair of successive European standardization committees at CEN in EDI, e-commerce and then e-business. She has been a member of various committees at BSI, CCTA (now OGC), CEN, CENELEC, ETSI, ICTSB, ISO, UN/ECE, UNESCO and European Commission concerning various aspects of ICT.

She currently serves on a number of international and European committees including the eEurope Advisory Group Second Section and the EU-US eGovernment Research Collaboration Group. She is also currently Coordinator of Community Building of the EU FP6/IST ATHENA Integrated Project which focuses on interoperability for enterprises. She leads the activity on business interoperability research in ATHENA. She is closely involved in the establishment of the Enterprise Interoperability Centre being initiated by ATHENA, which constitutes an Action of the EUís updated eEurope 2005 Action Plan. In addition, she was an initiator of the European Network of National Test-beds for eBusiness (ETeB) and serves on its Core Group and Programme Management.

She has published over 100 papers on technology and business issues and been a speaker/chair at over 200 events. She has co-authored 2 books and is a regular reviewer for academic journals.

Man-Sze is a graduate in Politics, Philosophy & Economics of Oxford University. She undertook post-graduate studies in Political Science at the London School of Economics.